All about Aran
Aran knits are all over the place, plenty in the traditional colour and even more in brights.
However, you don't need to go the Aran islands for a jumper this season as Aran has come to fashion. The things are all over the place. Plenty in the traditional báinín colour - try APC, Michael Kors and Asos - and even more in brights (Crumpet's orange is nice). Stella McCartney has produced cable-knit jumper dresses that are both curvy and cosy; while Derek Lam's black fisherman's sweater is the perfect Christmas gift for the sexy beatnik girl.
JW Anderson, current darling of the London fashion scene who has done directional cable knits in black, cream and red.
And if you want proof that Aran is truly on-trend, the hipster's favourite retailer, Urban Outfitters, stocks a number of Aran jumpers in a variety of colours for both men and women.
There are also good commercial websites selling the genuine article. Many are directed at the US market - Americans have been mad about Arans since 1961 when the folk band the Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem performed in them on The Ed Sullivan Show. At blarney.com traditional sweaters are around £80.
At the Aran Sweater Market ( aransweatermarket.com ), which has stores all over the west of Ireland including one on Inis Mór, you can find your family's very own cable-knit pattern for about €148.
By Kate Finnigan, Telegraph.co.uk